TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (2017) Review
Directed by Michael Bay
Let’s be honest, the moment the Transformers franchise left the Sam Witwicky )Shia LaBeouf) story line and had gone to the ridiculously named Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), the stories seems to be too thin, you hardly notice that there is one. They’re just all visual spectacle without a substance.
Like Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers: The Last Knight feels like an endless emptiness. The first hour of the film passed by with nothing to offer from its story (if there is). It’s disappointing, because with Age of Extinction being slammed for being mind numbingly thin, the opportunity given to make a sequel is a chance to make things right. But it just got worse.
See Michael Bay makes insane visual details in his actions sequences. And I really admire him for that. You only realize that you could see more in explosions in this franchise than other films because of those details. But Bay seem to challenge himself not to make a good story, but to be crazier in stunts or in technical. And the underwater scenes are an example.
The budget for this film is huge but the interest in offering a good story is small. It just feels like an idea, like only scenes are developed but not the story. And that’s where the filmmaker will lose. The heart of the film is and always be the story.
Yes, Michael Bay makes insane action sequences and is capable of using IMAX 3D cameras for those scenes which are hard to do, but with the price of a ticket today, the audience deserves more than stunning visuals and excellent production. We deserve something more than meets the eye.
I actually prefer it when Michael Bay turns cheesy with the Sam Witwicky and Mikaela love angle in the first two Transformers movie. Even if the second was a standard blockbuster sequel, at least it has a story trying to tell.
Transformers: The Last Knight is dull and tiring to watch, not because of the non-stop action sequences, but because you get nothing for a film that runs for more than two hours. Stunning visuals and exceptional production just can’t save the film, even if some cool sequences are being offered.
1.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Transformers: The Last Knight” is now showing in cinemas nationwide in 2D, 3D, 4D and IMAX 3D. Rated PG by the MTRCB.